CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A once-malnourished pooch has found a new home and is packing on the pounds.
Last month, Charleston humane officer Clarence Carte found "Po," a young boxer mix, living in a West Side Garage with no food or water.
An anonymous caller told Carte the dog had lived in the garage for two months and, indeed, the poor pooch was so underfed you could count his ribs.
Lisa Brogan, 49, of Tornado, adopted the dog after seeing the Daily Mail's front-page story about him on Sept. 21.
"When I read the article, it broke my heart. I cried all the way to the shelter," she said.
Brogan signed the papers to adopt Po and promptly renamed him "Zeus," because he would not answer to Po.
"Zeus was a god, and that's a very strong name. He's a God-sent thing," she said.
Shelter workers couldn't let Zeus go home with Brogan that day, however. Shelter policy prevents animals from leaving without first being spayed or neutered, except in extenuating circumstances, and Zeus was still too weak to have surgery.
In the meantime, Brogan said she visited the shelter regularly to visit her dog. One day, she ran into Clarence Carte, the humane officer who got the dog from the West Side garage.
"I said, 'God bless you, and I hugged him,'" she said.